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Tombland

(Matthew Shardlake #7)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  3,596 ratings  ·  471 reviews
Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos . . .The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous ...more
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Published April 9th 2019 by Mulholland books (first published October 18th 2018)
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Annet
My life will change utterly
Since my sinful eyes saw
this noble land so much admired...

Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without doubt a very talented writer and has created a really great series starring the integer hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake. And Jack Barak... What can I say... loved it!
But man.... 866 pages... is a big book!! Quite difficul
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Beata
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. We are presented with the reasons behind the rebellion, we meet some historic figures and we get to know how the rebellion progressed. Incredibly interesting! I discovered CJ Sansom many years ago and read all his books as the ...more
Phrynne
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019, 300-series
Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or even needed when the author writes this well.

This is historical fiction at its best. One reviewer I read likened this book to Wolf Hall and I agree. The time period here is just after Henry V111's death and the coun
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Emma
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both.

The apparent driver of the plot is the surprising discovery of a woman long thought dead. When Edith is found murdered in sickening circumstances, her last port of call at the home of young Elizabeth is cause for concern. Shardlake is dispatched wi
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Stephen Robert Collins
Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15.
Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector .
Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor is out to get Shardlake .
This set around Peasant uprisings & Sansom points out that last part of the book is all true.
In this once again Religious freedom come one of central Points & the pig in the middle is T
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States.

ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter.

ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to the drawing board.
Emma
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Was there ever such a year as this?’
There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time I knew almost nothing about. Shardlake et al get swept up into the politics and upheaval of Kent’s rebellion, while investigating a case in Norwich. This is a book to savour- the details are so evocative and detailed, s
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Ingrid
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat so it took me long to get through it. But chapeau to the author, especially under the circumstances.
Andy
Been saving this for a few months now, kinda working up some steam/stamina to read it as it’s a solid looking brick.... and I can’t shake the feeling that this is gonna be overtly long.....?

With that feeling entrenched I have to say it took me around two sittings, about 70 pages, to get into a rhythm with the book which was helped with the re-emergence of some of the old characters from the prior book, Guy & then Tamasin followed soon after by Barak. There has been much change in Shardlake’s
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Tracey Sinclair
Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story itself is compelling, and the murder fairly so, but it falls badly between two stools, and could have done with being significantly shorter.
Victoria
I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting

I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my teeth into. But it has to be engaging and that is where this book fell short. The murder often felt totally sidelined by the events of Ketts rebellion, which is something I knew nothing about before reading this book. Alt
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Kate
One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfolk. Sansom achieves something remarkable - a novel that is so full of historical detail and colour, its descriptions so vivid, that it pays to take your time and visualise what you're reading. It feels like events a ...more
Richard Pierce
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It also portrays the dilemma of many - support of radical reform mixed with fear of change and loss. Where the previous 6 books were firmly historical fiction anchored in the time described, Tombland is one of those rar ...more
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I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder.

There’s a lot to enjoy here, and not just with the plot. Around you as you read, there are battles, conspiracies and talk of royal intrigue. Shardlake has a murder to solve and then another body turns up...

The rebellions of 1549 dur
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Susan Johnson
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so glad I did. I love this series and this latest entry is outstanding.

Tombland is set in 1549 and Shardlake is given an assignment by Princess Elizabeth. A distant relative of hers is arrested for the murder of his
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Susan in NC
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this latest mystery in one of my favorite historical mystery series. As has been the case in every book in this excellent series, Sansom immerses his hero, London lawyer Matthew Shardlake, in historical events as he attempts to solve a mystery. Here, the event is Kett’s Rebellion in Norfolk in 1549; following the death of Henry VIII, Shardlake has been working for his younger daughter Lady Elizabeth, third in line to the throne.

When Henry died, his son Edward became king, but he
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Leah
An England ripe for rebellion...

It’s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his uncle Edward Seymour. There is great poverty in the towns and cities while, in the farming lands of the north and west, landlords are enclosing common land for their own sheep, fermenting unrest amongst the smallholders and
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Clemens Schoonderwoert
This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom.
Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion.
Secondly on the inside cover of the book you'll notice a beautiful drawn map in colour of Norwich and Mousehold Heath in AD 1549, because this place and its surroundings, including the battle site, are playing the mayor role of Kett's Re
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John Wiltshire
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic story is always a mystery, a crime, which Matthew is called upon to solve. But the solution always gets him mixed up with the wider political events of the day. It's the mix of the normal, everyday people and the grea ...more
Tanja Berg
Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair treatment.

This is a very long book with a slack middle. Still, I felt a close connection to Shardlake and his crew. The murder of Edith is quite fascinating. The details of the peasant uprising didn't add all that muc
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Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don’t leave me hanging Mr Sansom.
Peter
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tombland (2018)—its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England—is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln's Inn, one of London's most prestigious law organizations. Shardlake is not a criminal lawyer, but he is a skilled and highly-regarded investigator and a very decent person to boot. This 800-page novel is well worth t ...more
AdiTurbo
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find out that it happened and learn more about it. However, in many places I think stricter editing would have benefited the novel, as Sansom, in his enthusiasm, went too far in going into every little detail. Some part ...more
Juliet Bookliterati
Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review.

Set in 1549, three years after the last book, Tombland sees Matthew Shardlake now working for The Lady Elizabeth as her lawyer. The three years have seen the death of Henry VIII and Catherine Parr, Shardlake's former employer and friend, and the y
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Charles Haworth
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all the Shardlake books, and this one fits my bill.

Less focused on the Machiavellian world of high politics this is a broader strokes look at the period of history and the turbulent social upheaval, revolts and changing landscape of society as well as still showing the general "Divine Right" of the noble class to be horrific bastards and still expect the world to owe them a living.

The book starts with him being sent to deepest Norfolk to investigate a grisly murder of someone long presume
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Debs Carey
I was really looking forward to this one, fearing that the Shardlake tales would end with the death of Henry VIII. I don't know whether there was too much anticipation, but I found myself speed reading too many sections for this to warrant more than 3 stars.

Young Edward is on the throne with a committee of nobles doing the actual governing. Mary is next in line, with Elizabeth simply a Lady. Shardlake is bored doing property work and so responds to a call from Lady Elizabeth's adviser. This draw
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Jamie Collins
3.5 stars. This is half murder mystery, half historical reenactment of the 1549 Kett Rebellion in Norfolk, England. It's very long and occasionally plodding, but if you liked the previous Shardlake books then you should like this one.

It's set during the short reign of Edward VI, when England is ruled by the teenaged king's uncle, the Lord Protector, whose popularity and mixed messages concerning the Enclosure of common land led many of the poor to believe he would support their protests against
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ColinH1
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Shardlake as always is magnificent but this is not just another Shardlake mystery. It describes the little known events after Henry's death through the eyes of the main protagonists of the time and seamlessly weaves the fictional and factual into a fascinating story of the populist uprisings intermingled with murder and suspense. Superb.
Margaret
This is a very long novel, based on primary and secondary sources with notes and a bibliography. ‘Tombland‘ is an area within the city of Norwich and there’s a street plan on the endpapers of my hardback edition, showing the layout of Norwich and the position of Mousehole Heath in 1549. It is a most impressive book full of detail with a large cast of characters, and whatever I write will not do justice to it.

It’s 1549, Edward VI is king, a minor and England is ruled by the Duke of Somerset as Lo
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Laura Spira
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Few authors can successfully maintain the quality of a series of historical novels as C J Sansom has. I have greatly enjoyed the previous six books of the Shardlake series but I think this is the best yet.

Shardlake himself, the central character, is a fascinating personality. He is very committed to the cause of justice which he serves as a lawyer and he is a sharp observer of those he works for. In the previous novels most of his interactions have been with senior politicians and members of the
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Christopher John "C.J." Sansom is an English writer of crime novels. He was born in 1952 and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor. He practised for a while in Sussex as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before quitting in order to work full-time as a writer.
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